Germany thrash England 4-1, reach last eight

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AFP) - Germany thrashed England 4-1 on Sunday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals with goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski and a double for Thomas Mueller with Matthew Upson netting a consolation for England.

Klose and Podolski put the Germans in command with poachers' goals after 20 and 32 minutes with England's defence all at sea.

But Upson headed in eight minutes before the interval and England should have gone in level after a Frank Lampard shot crossed the line coming down off the underside of the crossbar, only for the linesman to wave play on.

Germany's national football team players celebrate next to England players after winning the match Germany vs. England on June 27, 2010. AFP

Mueller's second-half double finished off a woeful England.

Three-times champions Germany, whose speed and guile frequently bewildered a statuesque England backline, will now meet either Argentina or Mexico, who were facing off later Saturday in Johannesburg.

Germany, a youthful side just coming to the boil under coach Joachim Loew, continue their record of having reached at least the last eight in every World Cup they have competed in since 1938.

England, having come to the tournament with high expectations under experienced coach Fabio Capello, in contrast will head home with their reputations in shreds ahead of the customarily savage media post-mortem.

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